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February 26, 2004

Gay Marriages and Constitutional Amendments

Mike Kuster

The Republican Party's sick pre-occupation with the private lives and -most specifically - the sex lives of American citizens now culminates in the greatest hypocritical attack on constitutional power in this republic's history.

As this writer has warned on multiple occasions here, the Republican Party will soon corrupt the U.S. Constitution beyond recovery. By attacking the fundamental purpose of this document the GOP rips at the very fabric of the world's greatest nation.

This week, the leader of the free world announced his intention to seek a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Where to start with this blatant attack on the fundamental structure of our government?

Let's start with hypocrisy. This proposal is full of it.

First, the Republican Party's favorite war cry is: "the government is too big and too powerful." You've heard every conservative politician from nobodies in local government to President Bush sing this song.

If the government is too big and too powerful, why would they propose putting the government in charge of family life?

What's more powerful than telling people who to love, with whom to live in a loving and caring relationship?

Second, the Republican Party is ripe with "Christian" values, or so they say.

I like to look at each Republican proposal and ask, "What would Jesus do?" I'm thinking of sending those WWJD bracelets to each Republican proposing moronic legislation or Constitutional Amendments.

So, what would Christ do in this situation? (I'm going to list the things Republicans are doing right now, and you can decide)

a) Stand outside of City Hall with signs reading "Fags Eat Feces" and "Leave Our Town and Go to Hell;"

b) Blame homosexuals for the deterioration of marriage before going home to your third wife (see average number of marriages for Republican leaders);

c) Order the highest legal enforcement officers to declare loving relationships between consenting adults illegal;

The nasty behavior of these "Christians" reminds me of the type of slurs directed towards Jews. Homosexuals eat fecal matter, and Jews have horns and tails.

Jesus surely would be doing none of these things. He would embrace these people. He'd even give his life for these people.

Oh, wait. He did.

So, back off Republicans! This is between God and the individuals you spurn.

Last, but not least, Republicans claim to worship at the altar of the U.S. Constitution.

Well, let's look at what the U.S. Constitution does in the Bill of Rights and succeeding amendments to the Constitution.

The Constitution of the United States of America defines what the federal government cannot do. Through amendments, it further defines the fundamental freedoms and equalities to guarantee freedom and liberty of the people to prosper.

The document consists of "shall nots" for the government, and a few that instruct the government to defend and support the rights of all citizens.

No where does the Constitution define the "shall nots" for the people.

There was an amendment that violated this rule. It was the Prohibition Amendment (Article XVIII), better known as The Volstead Act. As all readers know, prohibition ended 14 years later. No doubt the inability of the federal government to tell Americans what they can and cannot do (drink themselves to a drunken stupor) led to the failure of this violation of Constitutional fundamentals.

The most poignant of the Bill of Rights, Article X states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Therefore, the Founding Fathers of our Great Nation made it plain and clear that the United States shall not define the familial boundaries of the people.

This is why the Supreme Court ruled that Texas cannot make sodomy illegal.

This is why the courts have not stopped governments from issuing marriage licenses to people regardless of their gender.

Of course, Article I of the Bill of Rights voids the argument our "Christian" Republicans use to criminalize marriages between consenting adults of the same gender. Let's review (for like the third time in my columns), "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Republicans want to say that The Bible defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

As the song goes, "Here's Your Sign."

The federal government, nor the states, can define marriage based upon any religion. This includes definitions accepted by more than one religion. Basing law on religion endorses a particular - or certain group - of religious ideals. Laws of this land may share goals with religion, but they may not be based upon religion. That would be the establishment of religion. We would become what our ancestors fled. We would become what we want to avoid in Iraq, what we denounce in Iran, and what our Founding Fathers knew would destroy us.

The President of the United States of America, and the party he leads, would have us violate the very principles they claim to cherish and swore oaths to uphold and protect. It is nothing less than a political ploy to try to salvage a losing campaign due to a rotten economy, a failed attempt to build a new nation (something Mr. Bush swore he would never do), and a failing presidency.

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